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Breaking into Finance

A career in finance is considered as one of the best options in terms of compensation, career advancement and progression. Every year, students from across the world seek out spring week insights, summer internships and graduate roles at top financial institutions. The application process is rife with competition, often with thousands of applicants for a particular programme offering only a handful of positions. Whether it be investment banking, management consulting, asset management, private equity or hedge funds, overlap exists in the financial world and in the process of breaking into the finance game.

Any senior banker will tell you that at the end of the day, it's a numbers game. It is difficult to discount the impact of luck in any application process and the more applications submitted the higher the chance of receiving an offer. Having said that, I am a firm believer that ANYONE with the right work ethic, mindset and mentor can achieve such an offer. Many steps can be taken to maximise your chances of getting your dream job, including perfecting your CV and cover letter, being prepared for both telephone and video interviews, acing your assessment centres and building on your network.

I have helped dozens of students to receive offers for spring weeks, internships and full-time positions, at firms including Barclays, BNP Paribas, Aberdeen Asset Management, KMPG, Deloitte, HSBC, Citi Group and Morgan Stanley. If you also want to break into the world of finance, then this website is for you.

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